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Keep Your Bike Clean!
Remove dirt and mud with wate , mild detergent, and a damp cloth. Don't spray the mud and dirt off of your bike with a pressurized hose. If the bearings in the headset, hubs, or bottom bracket grind or sound sandy, they may need to be serviced or adjusted. Take your bike to your local K2 Bike dealer for help. Never submerge the bearings, as this can lead to premature wear. Should you accidentally submerge any bearing, you may have contaminated the bearing grease. Disassembly and regreasing may be necessary. After cleaning your bike, dry all parts witha soft cloth and refer to Maintenance: Lubrication for further instructions.
Bike Storage - Store Your Bike In ide!
Protect your bike from rain, snow and moisture to avoid corrosion. Store your bike away from sunlight as ultraviolet rays can fade paint and crack rubber and plastic parts over time. When storing your bike for prolonged periods, first clean and lubricate it. Hang the bicycle off the ground. Be sure thoroughly to examine the bicycle before riding it after a period of storage.
Reduce pedal pressure slightly before and during each shift. Less pressure reduces wear and tear and the possibility of bent shifting components, as well as producing smoothe , more precise gear changes.
Never intentionally manipulate your bike so as to make the wheels leave the ground. Ride slowly over steps, curbs, and bumps.
Caution: Jumping or stunt riding can lead to frame or component failure during use and severe injuries.
Preventing Bicycle Theft - Be careful when leaving your bike!
Keep a record of your bike’s serial number (located on the bottom bracket housing). Always use an effective lock when leaving your bicycle unattended. When locking your bike, secure both wheels as well as the frame. Beware of seat/seatpost theft. The best form of theft protection is common sense. Be aware of your surroundings and be careful where you leave your bike, locked or unlocked. If you plan on leaving your bike unattended for a long period of time, do not leave it alone!
Keeping your bicycle properly lubricated is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the proper function of your K2 Bike. Do not over lubricate your bike. The steps for proper lubrication are covered in Maintenance: Lubrication.
Familiarizing yourself with how your bicycle works is very important and will allow you to get the most enjoyment from your K2 Bike. The following section highlights a few of the main functions of your bicycle.
Quick Relea e
The wheels on your new K2 Bike are attached with convenient single lever quick releases, allowing them to be easily removed and reinstalled. Please read and follow these instructions to ensure safe installation/operation of your bike’s wheels:
Always check both wheels before you ride.
Reach down and open the quick release lever.
Gently push down on the bicycle and make sure that the axle is firmly seated in the frame or fork drop outs.
While positioning the quick release lever to stick straight out (90½ from the bicycle), spin the adjuster nut on the
opposite side of the quick release clockwise until you feel slight resistance.